How many celebrities named Buddy or Bud can you think of? The famous Buddys and Buds below have many different professions, including notable actors named Buddy, famous athletes named Bud, and even musicians named Buddy.
Buddy Holly is certainly one of the most famous Buddys on this list. One of the singer-songwriters named Buddy, his hits include “That'll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Everyday.” He died in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, on Feb. 3, 1959.
Another of the famous people with the first name Bud is Bud Abbott. He was a member of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello. He appeared in several films including Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Jack and the Beanstalk. Buddy Hackett is another famous actor named Buddy.
Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Buddy or Bud? Just add them to the list!
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of AmericaCharles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s... more
Birthplace: Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States of AmericaGeorge "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy... more
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Alternative Name: Buddy RichBernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and was known for his virtuoso... more
Birthplace: USA, Asbury Park, New JerseyWilliam Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act, as straight man to Lou Costello. Groucho Marx declared Abbott "the... more
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
Alternative Name: Buddy HackettBuddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker; August 31, 1924 – June 30, 2003) was an American comedian and actor. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man (1962); Benjy Benjamin... more
Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, OmahaGeorge Allen "Buddy" Miles Jr. (September 5, 1947 – February 26, 2008), was an American rock drummer, vocalist, composer, and producer. He was a founding member of the Electric Flag (1967), a member... more
Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, USA
Alternative Name: Frank Buddy Ebsen, Buddy EbsenBuddy Ebsen, (born April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003; also known as Frank "Buddy" Ebsen) was an American actor and dancer whose career spanned seven decades. His most famous role was as Jed Clampett in... more
Birthplace: Borgo Santa LuciaCarlo Pedersoli (October 31, 1929 – June 27, 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was an Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo player. He was known for action-comedy and Spaghetti... more
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MinnesotaCharles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson (April 23, 1916 – February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach, broadcaster, and politician. He served as the head football coach at the University of... more
- 12Dale Hey (June 16, 1947 – November 26, 2012) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Buddy Roberts. Primarily a tag team wrestler, Roberts is known for his appearances... more
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDavid Gus Bell (born August 27, 1951) is an American former third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB) currently serving as vice president and senior advisor to the general manager for... more
Birthplace: USA, New York, New RochelleWalter Edward Cox, known professionally as Bud Cort, is an American actor and comedian, known for his portrayals of Harold in Hal Ashby's film Harold and Maude (1971) and the eponymous hero in Robert... more
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaFor other people with a similar name see Lawrence Friedman (disambiguation)Lawrence "Bud" Freeman (April 13, 1906 – March 15, 1991) was an American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, known... more
- 11Paul Robert Perschmann (November 27, 1952 – April 28, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Playboy" Buddy Rose. He wrestled primarily for the AWA, WWF, and for... more
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Alternative Name: Bartolo "Buddy" ValastroBartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr. is an American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality. He is the owner of Carlo's Bakery, as well as the face of Buddy V's. He is perhaps best... more
Birthplace: Rankin, TexasLewis Pate "Bud" McFadin (August 21, 1928 – February 13, 2006) was an American football player. He played college football at the University of Texas and was a unanimous selection at the guard... more
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, USAHerman Gustav Rohde Jr. (February 20, 1921 – June 26, 1992), better known by the ring name Buddy Rogers, was an American professional wrestler. One of the biggest professional wrestling stars in the... more
Birthplace: Terre Haute, IndianaCharles Bernard "Bud" Taylor (July 22, 1903 - March 6, 1962) was an American boxer from Terre Haute, Indiana. Nicknamed the "Blonde Terror of Terre Haute", he held the NBA World Bantamweight... more
Birthplace: Camden, New JerseyBoniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco (February 17, 1923 – December 24, 2014) was an Italian American jazz clarinet player. One of few clarinetists playing bebop, DeFranco was described by... more
Birthplace: Lepanto, Arkansas, United States of AmericaBuddy Jewell Jr. (born April 2, 1961) is an American country music singer who was the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. Signed to Columbia Records in 2003, Jewell made his... more
Birthplace: Coogee, AustraliaCharles William Tingwell AM (3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009), known professionally as Bud Tingwell or Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, was an Australian film, television, theatre and radio actor. One of the... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaWilliam Marcel "Buddy" Collette (August 6, 1921 – September 19, 2010) was an American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist. He was a founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.... more
Birthplace: New Orleans, LouisianaCharles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African-American cornetist who was regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of... more
Birthplace: USA, California, VallejoWilliam Edward "Bud" Jamison (February 15, 1894 – September 30, 1944) was an American film actor. He appeared in 450 films between 1915 and 1944.... more
Birthplace: New York City, New YorkEarl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966) was an American jazz pianist. Though Thelonious Monk was a close friend and influence, his greatest piano influence was Art Tatum.Along... more